Meteorologist amazed by formation of Joplin super tornado

May 23, 2011JOPLIN, MO – The deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening, killing at least 124 people, intensified with unprecedented speed, according to storm trackers. The super-cell thunderstorm that produced the devastating twister formed over Kansas. The National Weather Service received its first report of the tornado at 5:34 p.m. local time, from west of the Missouri-Kansas border. Seven minutes later, there were reports of a tornado within Joplin’s city limits, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of the first sighting. “Every storm is a little different, but this storm went from what was just a funnel cloud to a very strong, very large and very wide and obviously very damaging tornado in a very short time,” in under 10 minutes, said Andy Boxell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, Mo. “It’s something that I’ve not seen personally, and certainly it’s a rare thing to see,” Boxell told OurAmazingPlanet. The first tornado warning that included the city of Joplin had been issued at 5:17 p.m. local time. “It sounds over the weather radio instantly and goes out to the world at that point,” Boxell said. “As far as sirens go, that’s a local decision.” Boxell said the tornado easily rated EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, meaning it had winds anywhere from 136 to 165 mph (218 to 266 kph). “It may be higher than that; teams are on their way out right now to assess the damage and figure out how fast those wind speeds were,” Boxell said. He added that such monstrous tornadoes typically spend more time on the ground than this one did. “It was only on the ground a short time, and it caused staggering injuries and fatalities,” Boxell said. “It’s heartbreaking and even more mind-boggling to realize it happened over a very short distance.” –Yahoo News
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4 Responses to Meteorologist amazed by formation of Joplin super tornado

  1. David says:

    This map is of the Entire US and a live feed Radar map.
    You will not believe all of the moisture all over the Eastern part of the US,


  2. Lisa says:

    Alvin you need to see this, regardless of whether you choose to post it is up to your discretion God Bless you,Lisa


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